No. 4: Garlic Bread

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Tip: The paste that you spread on the bread can be made ahead and stored in your fridge for up to a month. I like to make a few batches of it at once, and then making the garlic bread with dinner is a breeze - half of the above steps are already done!

When you have good garlic powder, making garlic bread is always a breeze. Just mix the powder with a little butter, spread it on bread, and toast it. BUT, if you want to go the extra mile for the PERFECT garlic bread, give this a try:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp Garlic Dust (Roasted or Original)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, grated to paste with a rasp-style grater
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 loaf supermarket-style Italian bread, halved horizontally

DIRECTIONS:

  • Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position. Heat oven to 450F. Combine garlic dust and water in medium bowl. Add salt, cayenne, and half the butter; set aside.
  • Place remaining butter in a small bowl and microwave, covered, until melted - about 30 seconds. Stir in grated garlic and microwave, covered, until butter bubbles around edges, about 1 minute, stirring halfway through. Add this to the garlic powder-butter mixture. Whisk until a loose paste forms. (If the mixture melts, set it aside and let it solidify before using.)
  • Spread butter mixture evenly on cut sides of bread. Lay bread cut side UP on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until butter mixture seeps into bread, 3-4 minutes. Remove from oven. Flip bread over and gently press baking sheet on top. Return to oven, leaving second sheet on top, and bake until sides are golden and crisp, 4 to 12 minutes, rotating halfway through baking. Cut each half loaf into 8 slices. Serve immediately.

SUBSTITUTION: This recipe also works with: Garlic Pepper (leave out half the salt)